Currently on show in our bathroom, a wonderfully light and airy room for displaying art, are a series of large charcoal and pastel life studies by Martina Jirankova-Limbrick.
Martina was born in the Czech Republic. She came to England to study illustration in 1997, and since then has written and illustrated a number of children’s books. Alongside her delicate illustration work, Martina continues to explore and develop her already accomplished life drawing skills.
Martina has exhibited her artwork widely in exhibitions and galleries, as well as being published in magazines.
Click read more below for more gallery images of our current solo show with Kumar Saraff…
We are showcasing a new maker, Barry Stedman, alongside our current exhibition with painter Kumar Saraff.
Barry makes slab-built or hand thrown and altered pieces using stunning, vibrant colours and strong mark making.
‘My ceramics are influenced by the drawings that I make in places that I find interesting and inspiring. I like to explore exciting relationships between colour, texture and form, motivated by light and atmosphere. I work with strong, simple forms often in series exploring a particular theme thrown up by a place, a drawing or a memory. I try to make the work feel fresh, spontaneous and full of energy. I usually work with red earthenware clay, painted, scratched and marked with coloured slips, stains and oxides.’
Barry studied ceramics at the University of Westminster and has been a studio assistant to Edmund de Waal since graduating. He is a professional member of the Craft Potters Association and Contemporary Applied Arts. He has shown his work extensively and is a regular exhibitor at Ceramic Art London (RCA), Earth & Fire (Rufford) and Art in Clay (Hatfield House).
How inspiring the new ‘Matisse. Cut-Outs’ exhibtion at Tate Modern has been for us all, adults and children alike.
Using materials from our shop, Katherine has put together a wonderful window display. Matisse was incredibly skilled, using large draper scissors to deftly cut intricate, flowing shapes. Of course you could colour your paper with gouache as Matisse did, but we also sell large sheets of poster paper in his vibrant colours along with small collage packs. It doesn’t have to be on a grand scale, why not make tiny, miniature Matisse cut-outs as Katherine did when she was planning the display.
NEW titles on Matisse are available too, including the sumptuous Tate exhibition catalogue ‘Henri Matisse. The Cut-Outs’ £29.99 paperback/ £35 hardback.
Congratulations to Corraini Editions! We love their books and so do children… and they are not seen in this country in many places.
Favourites of ours are Harriet Russell’s series of books journeying into the imagination, Marti Guixe’s quirky colouring books and William Wondriska’s titles with innovative graphics. Read more about them on our online shop.
‘There was a surprise for us on the first day of the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2014: we were awarded the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publishers of the Year in Europe. A wonderful prize, especially important because it is the publishers participating in the fair who choose the winner, people who love books and who, like us, know the work that goes into each one. A team made up of writers, craftsmen, artists, booksellers and collaborators, especially important because they put an essential feeling into what they do: passion’ (Corraini Editions)
Pop by and see lots of spring new titles that have just arrived for children and grown-ups…
We think these screen-printed notecards by Tara are exquisite!
They feature images from the book ‘The Night Life of Trees’. Each pack contains 10 cards of 4 designs printed onto black handmade paper. They are created in the Gond tribal art style from Central India.
‘In Gond belief, trees stand in the middle of life, and the spirit of many things lie in them. They are busy all day, giving shade and support and shelter and food to all. Only when night falls can they find rest for themselves, and then, under quiet dark skies, the spirits that live in them are revealed.’
Created by three of the finest living artists of the Gond tradition, these are a tribute to the majesty of trees, and to old ways of relating to the natural world.
A mug – by James & Tilla Waters or a beaker – by Clementina van der Walt
A magazine – current issue of ‘Selvedge – the fabric of your life’
A pen – slim Kaweco Lilliput pocket fountain pen with leather pouch
A book – Florilingua. Paintings by Shani Rhys James
A spoon – wirework by Debbi Silcock
…and of course cards, wrap and ribbon